- 83 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 1, 1932
- Place of birth:
Kembong, South West Region, Cameroon
- Date of passing: Jan 21, 2016
- Place of passing:
Mutengene, South West Region, Cameroon
|Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Let the memory of Pa Akoachere be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Emmanuel Akoachere, 83, born on August 1, 1932 and passed away on January 21, 2016. We will remember him forever.
On your first heavenly birthday, this day will be a celebration of your life on earth. You will always be remembered with great love and many tears. But to only feel pain and sorrow will not be fair to you. Your life meant so much to us, more than words could say. You were here so briefly, we wonder if you knew all the ways you touched our world and hearts, and everyone who knew you, since the day God called you home. There will always be a void in our life and a hole in our hearts that will never heal. Our souls will grieve forever. We will forget or stop loving you? No! Not now....not ever. As this day is upon us, oh how our hearts still hurt. But even as we mourn your death, we will always celebrate your birth. Happy Birthday in Heaven."
Last Monday (August 1st), we celebrated your 84th birthday. It was really hard celebrating without you. Hope you had a wonderful celebration in heaven with the Almighty Father, Jesus and all the Angels and Saints. Throughout the week, I remembered how I could have called Mutengene just to hear your voice. We miss you dearly. Mami is most often in the house in Mutengene alone.
I have a nice birthday present for you in the form of good news. I passed my first medical board exam. Just got my results this week. I am so happy especially as I know that this will make you happy too. Thank you for instilling in me the desire to be a medical doctor. How I wish you were here to share this joy with me. I pray the Lord sees me through my studies so that I can become the doctor you have always wanted me to be. I miss my father so much.
"DADDY'S ENDURANCE, RESILIENCE AND PRINCIPLES
The two youngest generations of the family may have missed understanding daddy's vision about life. There are very important lessons to be learnt and emulated as to how he sailed through life. His biography is a storyline of a village boy born of peasant farmers during an era when every achievement a child could get depended solely on his or her personal efforts and hard work.
During his tenage years there were no established roads. The roads that existed were foot paths along the bush and forest. Travelling within the country was done mainly on foot. So for him to leave his village to the Sasse College he had to carry his box on his head and make the long walk. His resilience earned him a college graduation becoming the first college graduate from his village. His achievement inspirated many kids of his generation who went on to graduate from colleges. Many of the followed his amibitions to become accountants.
He was very appreciative of any kindness shown to him. He had always been very appreciative of the late E.D Mengot who worked out the sholarship that enabled him carry on his studies in Great Britain.
He was very duty conscious. He knew how to manage his time. No matter how late he went to bed he will be up early enough not to be late for work. While in active service he lived in Bonaberi and works at Bonajo. Eventhough traffic was always a problem in the early hours through the Bonaberi Bridge he had never been late for work. If you have to ride with him to work you have to be up as early as 5:30am. By 6:00am he has driven crossed the Bonaberi Bridge. He will be by his office by 7:00am on every working day. After his retirement he maintained the same ethics.
He was a down to earth person who does not like talking about his achievements. He allowed others talk about his achievements rather than himself.
He will never bride anyone for a favor. When you write an entrance examination and expected him to go bride for you to be successful then you are dealing with the wrong person. He has always believed that success in any exam is by merits.
After he retired he started a poultry farm in Mutengene. He could not make big of it because of his generosity. The poultry farm which was intended to generated income to him ended to be an outreach endeavor. He will give free chickens and eggs to his visitors and friends. Before he could realize the consequences of his actions all the chickens had vanished. He will explain why his poultry farm did not do well but pride of what he did. He was a chartiable person willing to help others.
When you sit with him he can complain about not having money. But when someone walks in explaining the difficulties he or she is going through, he will walk to his room and get some money to assist the person.
He hatred gossips. Do not try to gossip about someone to him. He will tell the person in your presence exactly what you told him.
His favourite movies were the old british movies like Gone with the Wind, High Society, James Bond etc. He gets very elated while watching these movies because they remind him of his past as a student in Great Britain. When you watch these movies with him you get in induced in loving them. He also loved African movies. He was a lover of Congolese and classical music.
He had a strong believe that any bad habit you have can be averted. In the greater part of his life he used to drink a few bottles of beer and smoke occasionally. Later in his life when he thought it was important to keep himself in very good health, he stopped smoking and alcohol comsumption. He needed no theraphy to accompish that. He will entertain his guest with beer but he will not drink himself.
He has always loved his brothers and sisters. They have always been the little ones he grew up with. He will rise his voice occasionally on them whenever he gets annoyed. Despite whatever arguement that existed he remained a big brother to all of them. His relationship with them had always been a very close one. He never had an estranged relationship with any of them.
As we celebrate his life it is important to understand how he sailed through live. There is a lot to learn from his endurance, resilience and principles. He was a man of integrity who believed in loving and caring for other people. He shared the little he had with others who were less privilege than him. He keep himself very close to his family, never estranged and segregated against anyone. As he moves to eternity his legacy will live on. Wish him a peaceful rest until we meet again.
I am very sad, that I never really got to know you but I
heard great stories about you. I am very proud to carry your name and I will always remember you. I will think about you every time I accomplish
something and feel I make you proud.
I am very happy to have your son as my dad as he cares for me as you did for him. I will never forget you.
Emmanuel Bekeching Junior"
"Dear Grand Daddy,
I can not say that I knew you very well which I am
especially sad about as I have heard what an intelligent and wonderful man you were. I am just glad that in my lifetime I have met you, even if it was only
for a short time because I still remember the days that I spent with you in my time in Cameroon. I feel so delighted to say that I am your granddaughter and I take great pride in that term.
I wish you well in the place where you now are, and hope that your soul finds eternal rest.
Your grand daughter,
Johanna Ma'Orock Mika"
it was with open arms, kindness and your own very inner peace and
wisdom that you welcomed me 15 years ago in your house in Mutengene. When we left the compound you were holding my hand and wouldn’t let go. You were looking after me and I felt safe. This big gesture testified an even bigger heart.
Thank you Daddy; your blessing meant and still means a lot to
me. I did not know you as close and as much as I would have liked to, but I am so very grateful that I had the chance to meet you. Photos, stories, anecdotes and many, many of Ashu’s memories round up the picture of a strong but kind, strict but fair, powerful but helpful
man devoted to tradition but yet open minded to the new, with a strong backbone, a complex mind, a big heart and a giving hand. I cannot comprehend that fact that you are gone. Visiting Cameroon without you being there feels wrong and empty.
After a long, fulfilling, good but also hard life you deserve peace and rest in our Lord’s arms. Your memory shall be the connecting
bond between all of us you leave behind.
Please watch and guide us. In loving and admiring
memory your daughter in law. Anke"
"Daddy, the news of your dead is a shock; not having been able to see you since my departure to the United States of America. There is a greater pain in grieving without having seen you for such a period. The experience comes with a lot of regrets and frustration. Despite the dismay I find comfort in the virtues of how you lived your life. You lived a life of excellence and principles. You could get out of any habit if you so desired without any difficulties. You hated to hear complains about others. You always had a strong believe that those who complain about others are a problem themselves. Your showed love to every family member, friends and any other person you met.
Your service to the National Produce Marketing board (NPMB) made the name "Akoachere" a brand of excellence. Everyone I have met has nothing but good words about your service to NPMB.
Despite all your academic and professional achievements, you were always down to earth. You spent your entire life very close to your roots. Your attachment to the people of Kembong has never been questionable. It is great pleasure to see that your endurance has made life better for future generations of the family and so many Cameroonians.
You were the pillar of the family after succeeding your late father. You did your best to keep the family together. Like every other family, there has been turbulent times. Throughout your reign, you did all what was necessary to keep the family together. You never avoided confronting anyone within the family to resolve any issue of concern. As you move to eternity, a big vacuum is created. Questions as to what becomes of the family arises. Is everyone going his way or we carry on with your legacy of having a united family?
As you go to meet your parents and our ancestors, the good memories of you will leave on in me until the end of time. Wish you a peaceful rest until we meet again.
Egbe Johnson Akoachere"
"Tribute to my Dad
A special dad is hard to find,
You dad I'm keeping in my mind,
I wished you could have stayed forever,
But I will never forget you oh not ever.
If dreams weren't dreams and dreams came true,
I wouldn't be here I'd be with you,
Distance is one thing that keeps you and me apart,
But dad you will always remain in my heart.
A special smile, a special face,
a special someone I can't replace,
I love you and I always will,
You filled a space that no one will ever replace
My sweet dad, you sleep tight and hold tight,
Your legacy remains behind,
Sweet dreams I wish you dad,
Till we meet to part no more.
Your Barbie was mold by your morals,
Sweet dad, go with no regrets,
Your job on earth you did so well,
A proud and happy dad you are.
Your daughter, Barbie"
"I had a great dad. To me he was a hero. He taught me lots of things in life. In raising me he taught me morality and how to develop my own. His soft and consistent counseling filled with affection has molded and shaped me into the woman I am today. Growing up as a child I witnessed in several occasions people coming into the house to seek his advice on life issues. I feel so blessed to have had him as a father and I’m thankful for the wonderful life he gave me.
Thank you Daddy for teaching me the importance of humility, and the remarkable power of emotional and financial generosity. You were always willing to share the little you had with everyone else. You were a role model to me. Your acts of generosity still guide me still date.
Thank you for teaching me the importance of education and sending me to top academic schools. You made sure our fees were paid on time and we were never sent home for owing fees, I will always remember the sacrifices you made to keep us in boarding school even when you were on pension money. Most especially how proud you were of me whenever I climbed up the educational ladder.
You were a loving and adorable grandpa to my kids. I remember how you used to play with my children; the joy in your face whenever we came home to spend some time with you and Mami in Mutengene. How you carried them on your lap and did baby talk with them, the special way you smiled at them and many other special moments with them.
The beautiful memories of you will always remain with me. I will keep you in my heart forever. It’s an honor and blessing to have been your daughter you will be in my heart forever.
I love you Daddy.
Paula Ma-Egbe Akoachere Molua"
I am yet to come to terms with the reality of your passing into transition. In fact, I am still searching for answers on how to fill the void your passing has left and reflecting about my formative years when I looked up to you as a father and role model.
I vividly remember when you were about to take delivery of your “Lada 1500S” back in the mid 70’s. As a child this filled me with excitement. I remember playing out on the grounds of “Powercam”, Bota, Victoria, anticipating your arrival at any moment with the new car. When you finally drove in with the factory new “SW990B” number plated vehicle, the atmosphere is the house was electrifying. With childhood bewilderment I ask you how you did it. Your response then was: “When you really want something, and work hard for it, you’ll eventually get it”.
Such were the values and virtues you instilled into us at a very early age: humility, discipline and hard work. Rather than serving the niceties of life to us on a plate, which you could easily have afforded given your professional position back then, you taught us how to use a solid education as a tool in getting those niceties ourselves from the source. You laid the foundation, and gave us the building blocks in excelling in whatever we were to embark on in later life. For this I wish to thank you again.
Your demonstration of the meaning of family and culture, exemplified by the generous acts you bestowed upon your siblings and the Kembong courses in general, certainly did not go unnoticed and continue to shape the lives of others till this day.
My flashbacks also take me back to the years the family spent in Douala. You allowed us to explore the boundaries of adolescence without an overly firm hand, but still serving as a mentor to us along the way. I remember the encouragement you gave me, when prior to my A’Levels I flooded the mailboxes of German Universities in my quest to get a higher education abroad. Your message to me back then was: “If you are good, nobody can stop you”. That message has accompanied me throughout career, and continues to motivate me right up to this day. Another of your words of wisdom which was to have a lasting effect on me, and which I am now passing on to my own children, is: “Whatever you do, do it quickly. Defer not till the evening what the morning may be accomplish.”
I left for further education abroad in September 1986 leaving you behind, vibrant, in the best of your years and at the peak of your career. Although we were reunited on many occasions in subsequent years, I wasn’t home long enough to watch your transformation into an old, and later, senile man, at close distance. This is a burden that will weigh hard on my shoulders for the rest of my days.
In the early years my choice of a wife from a different cultural background led to turbulence within many family circles. Daddy, you were steadfast in your support for my decision as evidenced in the hospitality you bestowed upon Anke and myself during our visit in April 2000. For this I wish to thank you again.
With a strike of destiny all of that was to change in your twilight years. Your inability to communicate meaningfully in your last years in this realm of existence, and later to even recognize us, was very hard to handle. It was a painful experience of the maxim in life that nothing should be taken for granted. How I wish you could still pass on to us your words of wisdom, as we face the huge task ahead of us in filling your large shoes.
Now you’ve gone to join our forefathers who went before you. I take solace from the fact that you lived a long and fulfilled life, and thank God for it. I pray that your soul finds eternal rest with the Lord, and that you guide us in preserving your legacy – the Abhon_AKOACHERE family union.
Daddy, I miss you very much. You will always be in my heart until we meet again on the other side.
"A TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER, MENTOR, AND HERO
It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that we will not see you again. It’s even harder to imagine that we will have to fill the void that your transition has created.
I remember how you challenged us to learn the lessons of life and know the importance of traditional values. You insisted that we should walk from Lumpsum quarters to Presbyterian Boys’ School in Down beach, Limbe, despite the fact that your office was just in the same area. Your children studied in Sasse College and Saker Baptist college because these were boarding schools that you believed laid emphasis on both education and moral values.
It’s taken a while to understand the rationale for your approach in running the family. I now see the reason for raising us in the manner that you did. You are my father, role model, mentor, and a hero that will be in my heart forever.
You taught me that honesty is the most important quality of life and that if I follow only one rule in life, it should be the policy of honesty.
You taught me that if I tell the truth, truth will set me free, that all through history the way of truth and love have always won.
You taught me that humility is a constant friend of the truth and that it makes us real, fresh, and new
You taught me that gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. That I should develop an attitude of gratitude knowing that every step forward is a step towards achieving something bigger and better than my current situation.
Your philanthropic activities in Manyu divison and Kembong Village in particular most especially signing up as a principal sponsor of Ngunjo dance will be remembered in Manyu division.
You named your retirement home Harmonia cottage implying that families should develop a sense of understanding and leave in harmony. As we continue on the rest of the journey in your absence, my greatest wish is that we should continue to live in harmony.
Safe journey my father until we meet again.
"Daddy, your medical report a few years back made me confident we will have you in our midst for a longer time span. You were ageing but still had all your organs in sound shape. All of a sudden things took an astonishing turn. You could no longer recognise me. It was a very bitter pill to swallow. Whenever i visited you it took me a long time to digest the fact that i could no longer have a meaningful conversation with you.Erstewhile you did advise me and outlined guidelines to help me during tough times. I found myself facing the world, void of your support. But this notwithstanding ,the fact that you were still alive made me feel protected. You lived a life full of principles, you were steadfast when it came to passing over your ideals and virtues to us. You were very firm and ruthless when it came to disciplining us. Daddy you had flaws like all mortals but your virtues were much more. I pondered and questioned you when i was yonger why your generosity was mostly directed to outsiders. You always responded "my palms are flat". Later in life I came to understand you were kind hearted and generous but preferred teaching us how to fish than give us fish. In a nutshell i welcome your departure with mixed feelings. On the one hand your departure leaves a huge vacuum that can never be filled but on the other hand, it is a call by the almighty God at the end of your mission on earth. I know the Lord has called you to assist in the preparation of a place for us all. Daddy rest in peace in the bossom of the Lord."
Anke forwarded us your memorial page for your father.
We weeped for him and you. Our deepest sympathy to the whole family.
What a good thing Ashu and Bate did! It is very nice to share the
photographs and see the whole family - even if we recognize only few.
We never met your father but still imagine him as an old man, of corse from recent stories we heard. It is good to see all the pictures from him as a young and strong man. At least he had a long and fulfilled life
and he leaves traces! So many kind, good and efficent children and
grandchildren! How much Ashu, John-Paul and E.B.Junior resemble him!!
We admire the family bounds you hold, spread all over the world and hope you will gather a resourceful collection of anecdotes for your memories and thus for our nephews and nieces.
We are thankful to have Ashu as our brother in law and uncle!
Feel embraced from Berlin!
Ina and Björn with Caroline and Mara"
I still can't believe that you have left me. Until now, it's still like a nightmare to me. Today, we are together; tomorrow, I don't see you. What a life!
I remember how you used to climb that Saker hill and those twenty steps of the administration office only to come and visit us and see how we were faring. Daddy, the ''Gru-gru'' you brought for us have been so wonderful and that still sticks to my memory. I always told my friends how blessed I was to have you as my father, because, your presence was my delight. You used to call me, ''Draft champion,'' because through this game, you made me believe that I could do anything if there was a will.
Daddy the daddy, you were a fantastic friend . I used to call you, ''The Best Dad in the world,'' because you always saw the good in people including me, and if you saw the bad, you certainly didn't gossip about it. You always said, ''it's alright,'' ''not bad,'' even when the circumstances at hand weren't favorable.
Today, you are no more, but you will be remembered as a man of valor who always stood strong until the end. Even when we were in the hospital, you were positive and optimistic in our conversations.
Dad, on earth you toiled, in Heaven you rest. May you rest in the bosom of the Lord our Maker, until we meet again to part no more.
I LOVE YOU, DADDY.
"My dear brother,
You took up the role of a father and mother to raise me up to be a lady. Thanks to you, I am what I am today. You were thus more than a brother to me. Thank you for all the love you showered on me while you raised me up. You later extended this love to my nucleus family. Thank you for all the domestic duties you thought me that have made me to meet up with all domestic challenges.
You made me do marketing early as ten years of age, to go do buying in Muea market with two pounds. You wanted just the best for me, that is why you sent me to school when I never understood Pidgin English. When the time came for me to go to secondary school, you made the best choice for me to go to Saker Baptist College. My fellow students of this college helped to restore my health as I told you before your passing away. You thought me to be contented with what I have and to live a life worthy of emulation. I believe that God rewarded your kindness with long life. I am happy that I rendered you some service while in the hospital and proved that the love between you and me was only to be separated by death now that God has call you home. I am so glad to celebrate your life which was such a blessing not only to me but to many others. Farewell, dear brother, may the Lord be merciful in forgiving your sins committed through human frailty and bless your soul as it takes flight to join the heavenly band.
Monica Bate Focho nee Akoachere"
It is really sad that you are gone though I acknowledge that you were done with your work on earth and needed to rest. For God alone knows the day He will call His children.
Daddy, through your life you instilled in me many principles to emulate. You were an honest, forgiving, protective and providing father despite your own personal life struggles. As your child, I saw you live in plenty and in few. You remained humble and honest throughout. Thank you so much for protecting me from the dangers of the opposite sex when I was a little girl. Then I thought you were being too protective but now I fully understand and would do the same to my own children. In the Bible study sessions, you always prayed for God to give you the means to provide for us. Though we laughed at your choice of words, we understood that our feeding and fees were your greatest priority. Daddy, you had the best interest of people in your heart even when they did not reciprocate in a similar way. At a tender age, you shouldered the responsibility of taking care of your many siblings and some of their children as if they were your children. You taught us to carter for people regardless of whether they were your immediate family, extended family or friends.
Thank you so much for investing in and empowering your children with education. You inspired me to become a medical doctor since from the time that I was a little girl. Even when life derailed me to another career you still reiterated your wish that I become a medical doctor. When I decided to go back and study medicine, I knew this would make you proud. My only regret is that I had no opportunity to see you face to face and practice the medicine that I have studied. However, you will always be my number one patient.
Watching you grow old and senile, taught me the importance of training your children well so that they can be able to make decisions for you when you cannot make them for yourself. I am so glad of the opportunities I had to make informed decisions for you and for the sacrifices that I made to see that you were in good health especially when you visited me in the US in 2008.
Goodbye Daddy and may you rest in the palm of God’s hands.
Love you much,
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